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winners of the razzie awards, the other two choices for "you choose." that's ought cnn.com/ali. cnn "newsroom" continues with brooke baldwin. hi there. i'm brooke baldwin. a lot happening right now. any minute now, the white house is scheduled to hold a press briefing, and in a rare move, we're actually going to hear from the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice. she'll comment on libya. we're monitoring that. also, an alleged terrorist plot against the u.s., the target planes and the suspect worked for british airways. just in here, kind of a wild weather situation. take a look at the radar. we are just getting word that two tornadoes interest touched down in kentucky, and these are the first pictures of some of the damage we're seeing. thanks to our affiliate wlky.
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keep in mind, several other states under tornado watches. right now chad myers is working on it. we'll have more from chad here. but first this. moammar gadhafi's son probably summed up the current situation in the middle east, this uprising, best when he actually said libya is not egypt or tunisia. and you know that is true. libya's leadership is reacting and responding to this whole wave of anti-government protests very, very differently than did the now deposed leaders of egypt and tunisia. moammar gadhafi makes it clear he's not going anywhere alive. developments from libya, a libyan military jet dropped bombs on to one of their own military bases today. it was a base that was overrun and is now controlled by protestors and cnn staffers actually were nearby. they saw the jet. they heard the explosions. no word yet if anyone was hurt
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or killed in that bombing. but we're going to get more on that and what our own cnn ben wedeman actually saw here in just a moment. also this -- a few soldiers in libya are telling cnn that they know lo longer support their leader, the gadhafi government, and are joining this uprising after refusing to shoot into several peaceful demonstrations. also the united nations is estimating about 1,000 people have been killed in two weeks of clashes throughout libya. but now i want to share this with you. an amazing story that libyan leader moammar gadhafi likely does not want the world to see. it is coming from nic robertson, one of our senior international correspondents in a town just about 40 minutes by car from tripoli. nic was taken there to see a demonstration in support of the gadhafi government, but i want you to watch what happened when he actually got there. >> reporter: the signs saying
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and the crowd is saying, gadhafi, you blood sucker, ga dauf i, you and your family have to go. they're also saying, we want guns, we want guns. hard to imagine, barely a few miles away, just a few minutes earlier, government officials were showing us how gadhafi's troops control the roads. as the officials drove us towards the town, the control evaporates. you can still smell the burning here, this police station earlier burned, smoke rising up in the back here. while the trash from inside the police station brought out here, a burnt-out wrecked police vehicle, here the tables and chairs from inside. and if you look up here, it's been shuttered up, barricaded up. but when you look inside, the whole building is scorched inside. a handful in the anti-government crowd tote new-looking weapons. government officials claim
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weapons like these are being looted from the police and army. justifying, they say, shoot'ing at protestors. these former soldiers who have brought their weapons with them tell us why they've changed sides. the military chiefs, they are the ones who forced the soldiers to fire at the demonstrators, he says. government officials -- the city is against gadhafi, taking us so several pro-government rallies. >> reporter: this is the second pro-government rally we've been brought to. a few people are tooting their horns in the line of traffic. but if you actually step back and look at the number of people protesting up there, the numbers are perhaps 50, 60, 70 at the most. it's quite a small crowd. while our cameras are there, it quickly grows to several hundred. the crowd turning angry as we pull away. as we left the anti-government
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demonstration a little earlier, no anger directed at us. only concern. this former soldier tells me he expects the army to attack them. and soon. >> nic robertson reporting there on the ground in libya. you know, this whole international conversation over what to do about moammar gadhafi now has an american voice. secretary of state hillary clinton is in geneva, switzerland today. she is attending a meeting of the united nations human rights council and speaking out just a short time ago. secretary clinton echoed president obama's position that the libyan leader must step down, and she took it a step further. she put a time line on it. >> colonel gadhafi and those around him must be held accountable for these acts, which violate international legal obligations and common decency. through their actions, they have lost the legitimacy to govern,
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and the people of libya have made themselves clear. it is time for gadhafi to go. now. without further violence or delay. >> so i just want to remind you we are waiting to hear from ben wedeman, who has a pretty interesting story to tell, from a town about 90 miles south of benghazi, talking about this incident in which a libyan military jet dropped bombs onto one of their own bases today. ben, his crew, was nearby. i'll ask him about what they saw, what they heard, who was in charge. also, you see the little box on the bottom part of your screen? we're still watching and waiting for that white house daily briefing. it's just about six minutes behind. the news item there is we're going to hear from susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, obviously topic number one for her, libya. also, coming up next, the governor of wisconsin issuing an ultimatum to democratic senators
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who have fled his state. what he says will happen if they don't come back by tomorrow. ted rowlands will join me live from inside the capitol there in madison where people have been holed up -- take a look at live pictures. still seeing live protestors inside the rotunda. two weeks into this thing. also, look at this thing. a packed escalator in washington, d.c., totally fails, sending people flying to the floor. there's surveillance video from this incident back in october being released today. we'll explain, next [ male announcer ] breathe, socket. just breathe. we know it's intimidating. instant torque. top speed of 100 miles an hour. that's one serious machine. but you can do this. any socket can. the volt only needs about a buck fifty worth of charge a day, and for longer trips, it can use gas. so get psyched. this is a big step up from the leafblower. chevrolet volt. the 2011 north american car of the year.
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just in to us here at cnn, i mentioned this minutes ago. we now have confirmed two tornadoes touching down in dubois and weber county in kentuc kentucky. i want to bring in the state police in kentucky. describe the damage for me. what are you seeing or hearing? i'm not quite sure i can hear him. michael, can you hear me? guys, can we turn up his audio on the beeper? sorry, michael. let's try again. i couldn't really hear you. if i can't hear you, nobody else can. we want to know how it's looking there, be in touch. we want to know what it's looking like in libya. many witnessed an air force
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attack on one of its bases in the eastern part off the country. ben wedeman was one of the witnesses. i believe you're in benghazi, but i want to know what you and your crew saw and heard. >> reporter: we were about an hour and a half drive to the west of benghazi, and we heard an airplane overhead. now, you don't normally hear airplanes these days. shortly afterwards we heard a very large explosion. we went to where that explosion took place after sort of ascertaining the locations by talking to people along the way. it was a military base where a lot of ammunition and heavy equipment is held. now, the guards at the gate told us that a russian-made plane belonging to the libyan air force dropped four to five bombs within the compound ever the camp. and when we were there, in fact, we did hear some secondary
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explosions. they said nobody was killed or injured in this bombing raid. but what happened afterwards is that the military in the area, of course, military who's come over to the side of the protestors, they started firing anti-aircraft guns into the air in a fairly wild manner. there was no airplane at that point to be seen in the area. so nerves are very much on edge and certainly after this bombing raid. we do know that the son of moammar gadhafi has said in interviews with western media organizations that those air raids that they have conducted in the eastern part of the country were designed or intended to hit ammunition dumps to prevent those weapons and that ammunition from falling into the hands of anti-gadhafi forces. >> ben, do we know who was at the helm of that military jet?
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i understand that libyan state television later denied the bombings. i just want to clarify that with you. also, what would this speak to as far as gadhafi's eroding grip on power? >> reporter: well, it would indicate that he still has the ability to launch his airplanes and send them over to the eastern part of the country. of course, we did hear the denial from libyan state tv, but we saw it, we heard it with our own eyes. i don't think it would be anybody else bombing eastern libya. brooke? >> what about this really current standoff between, you know, you have eastern libya and western libya. i mean, what, in speaking with libyans, ben, what do they want? who or how is this stalemate going to be broken? >> reporter: well, everybody you speak to in this part of the country is very enthusiastic
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about the idea of organizing some sort of military force to head west and go all the way to the capital, tripoli. but what you see on the ground is that they're really not prepared. in fact, we went to one base to the west of here and saw they had ten soviet tanks that date back of course to the 1950s. the tanks se s seem to be in fa good condition, but apparently a lot of the tank drivers fled west as well to tripoli. so they don't really have the ability in terms of organization. i did speak to one general who's defected to the anti-gadhafi forces. i asked him, do you have a plan, a detailed plan, to take the fight to tripoli? and what he said was that, our plan is as follows -- we will unite the people. we will form a combat unit and go to tripoli and liberate it. so it seems they're very long on enthusiasm but short on
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practical details. brooke? >> also, though, ben, there is such momentum now here, momentum in terms of the mounting international pressure for gadhafi to go away. you hear from secretary clinton who says it is time for gadhafi to go now without further violence or delay. talking to the libyans are they aware of the mounting international support, or are they just in a vacuum without internet or communication? >> reporter: they do have communications. they do watch a lot of satellite television in arabic and other languages so they're very well aware of what is going on in the outside world. and by and large they're encouraged because when we first arrived here a week ago the impression of many libyans we spoke to was that the west was simply not putting pressure on moammar gadhafi that they were taking a fairly passive approach. now increasingly we see with talk of a no-fly zone, of
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sancti sancti sanctions, on travel members on key members of the libyan regime, people are encouraged. but this situation seems to have hit something of a stalemate, that the eastern part of the country under the control of anti-gadhafi forces. moammar gadhafi still very much in control of the capital. it seems it may take some outside push perhaps to break the stalemate. brooke? >> ben wedeman live in libya. ben, thanks to you and safety to you and your crew. breaking developments in the falcon lake murder. remember the story from months, a woman said a group attacked and killed her husband in this lake right near the texas/mexico border? well, they never found his body, but there is some news on that. that is next. also, we are watching and waiting to see jay carney step behind the podium, the daily white house briefing running 16
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just in here, police in texas identifying two more suspects in this murder mystery near the border. we've been following this case. i know you know the story. we're talking about david hartley. this whole thing happened last
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year. his wife, tiffany, said a group of people shot him when they were out on this lake riding jet skis. so she got away, but investigators have yet to find her husband's body. police say the suspects are drug traffickers and that they were apparently ordered to find and to kill tiffany hartley. that is the latest we're getting this afternoon. of course, if we get any other updates we'll pass them along. now to wisconsin. picture this. you have hundreds of people camped inside that statehouse in madison. two weeks now to protest the governor's planned spending cuts. and tomorrow somehow the governor is supposed to get in there, past all these hundreds or thousands of protestors to present his new budget to the state legislature. ted rowlands is still there for us in madison. ted, how is that supposed to work? we see the crowds. governor walker is supposed to get in there. how is that going to happen? >> reporter: well, actually, they've made a lot of progress here in that they've secured
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this level and the areas where the governor would have to move from his office. he's giving his speech tomorrow basically up these stairs in the full assembly. his office is just over here, and they've pretty much cleared this entire area. so you can see that all he has to do -- he can get to his office from back channels -- go from his office and walk literally to the assembly to give his speech. that won't be a problem. the only guy left here is mordakai. he says he won't leave because he feels he can't give up the, quote, territory. they haven't arrested him. they'll let him stay there. all the other protestors are down here. their numbers have dwindled as well because the police have locked the doors, they have moved people out, people having to leave because of jobs. they're not letting anybody in unless they have an appointment with the lawmakers. they've reduced the numbers inside. couple of hundred people outside chanting "let us in." to answer your question, the governor will be able to get
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from his office to the chambers to make a speech. >> past mordakai and couple dozen people there, ted. let's talk about tomorrow. tuesday is so significant. that's the day governor scott walker is planning on explaining his budget. it's the whole deadline to pass the current budget. then you have those 14 democratic state senators who fled town. are they taking the deadline of tomorrow seriously, ted? >> reporter: yes and no. here's what they're saying. first of all, there's two things the governor is saying. we cannot restructure some debt if we don't do it quickly within the next few days. he's moved that deadline around. the democrats are like, that's a fluid number. the other thing he's saying if we don't get this resolved by tuesday i'm going to have to start laying people off. to that, they say, you know what? you could meet us in the middle and start negotiating. you too have the ability to end this stalemate. both sides are holding firm and it doesn't look like anybody is going to flinch before tuesday. so the ramifications are yet to be seen, but the deadlines have
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all come and gone. i suspect tuesday's will as well. >> wow. two weeks. no one is budging. tomorrow a huge day. we'll check back in with you. thank you. let's talk about hail, shall we? that will do a little damage to a car. folks, this is hail coming down in oklahoma, and there are now tornado watches in effect in the southeast. we mentioned those two tornadoes in kentucky touching down. we'll explain what else you need to know. also, just moments ago charlie sheen's publicist says, i'm leaving, announcing he's resigning after sheen gives another bizarre interview. the latest on charlie sheen coming up.
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welcome back. we have just turned around some video for you. you are looking with me at some video presumably from these tornadoes. we know two have tuchbed down in kentucky, one in dubois, one in henry county. chad myers, what do we know? >> this was a very large frnd that knocked down this house. >> that was a house. >> ef-3 tornado, 135-140-mile-per-hour winds. only two homes were hit. another one was halfway knocked down. you can see it's a rural area and there are a lot more rural areas in america than cities. >> look at that house. or plant. the whole roof peeled off. >> a steel roof peeled off literally. we do know there's damage in
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chattanooga as well. we know there is now a fatality from the tornado warning that was in franklin county, tennessee, one confirmed fatality there. and the storms will continue for the rest of the night into georgia, one tornado warning now way up near rockingham, up into virginia and north carolina. and then through atlanta, georgia, birmingham as well. kind of all in the line. the same storm that made the wind. did you see the fires in texas? >> the wildfires, something like 120,000 acres burned. right? 60-some homes destroyed because of this thing. so this is it all connected. >> yes. not thunderstorm winds here. just regular winds. 68 miles per hour. and people couldn't get out of the way. they couldn't stop in time. there was smoke and when you run into a fire like that and the smoke is across the road, you literal lay want to stop before you get there and try to turn around. sometimes you just can't do it. i've been caught on i-35 going from oklahoma to texas and the smoke is so think you don't know
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whoo to do, keep going, hit someone in front ever you, stop, have someone hit you from behind. it's a mess. >> apparently the smoke was so thick in midland a little girl died i think in a car. >> yes. >> because of driving through that stuff. thank you, dhad chad. we have some other video. this is also a tornado from oklahoma, i believe. this is a tornado touching down in oklahoma, the twister one of two spotted near the oklahoma/kansas border sunday. obviously scary to look at. thankfully no reports of serious damage there. and we showed you that hail a second ago. that same storm system dumping hail on the roadway here in oklahoma. look at the size, what would you say? marble? >> that's like driving on ball bearings. when your car komz upon that, all of a sudden you're driving on literally round pieces of ice and cars skid out of control all the time on this stuff. >> well, that car flew on by. look at it hitting inside the car there. that's tough to drive through.
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that is hail in oklahoma. also, to pennsylvania. this is not an island. there is just all kinds of flooding in pennsylvania. the cars obviously stuck, covered in water. dozens of homes inundated by the floodwater. at least one family had to be rescued. and an ordinary trip on the subway turns into something treacherous. i want you to watch this newly released surveillance video. watch everyone as they're coming down the escalator. this is a metro d.c. --stop. this is after a rally in october. you see everyone kind of tumbling down. well, everyone was okay, but there was some sort of escalator malfunction. people started falling on top of one another. a couple of them were hurt, one seriously. transit officials say it was the brakes on the escalator failed. now the escalator brake lines on metro lines there in d.c. are being inspected much more frequently. take a look at some other top stories right now. a british airways employee
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convicted of four terror-related charges, including a plot to blow up a plane in the u.s. prosecutors say kareem used his job as a software engineer to pass on information to al qaeda's affiliate in yemen. i'll speak with a cnn terrorist analyst about this. also, so many of you talking about this today. charlie sheen, did you catch his interviews? he's rushing to television but not in an acting capacity per se. last week you know he was ranting some 28-minute rant on a radio station. now the "two and a half men" co-star sounding off on several tv network interviews. strong words, insults, more brava bravado. watch. >> i am on a drug. it's called "charlie sheen." it's not available because if you try it once you will die. your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.
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too much. >> cbs shut down production of "two and a half men" late last week after sheen lashed out on one of those radio morning shows. sheen is threatening to sue cbs. just moments ago we learned that charlie sheen's publicist resigned. coming up next hour, we'll talk about charlie sheen with founder of intervention 911.com, former interventionist from "intervention," i want to know what he thought when he watched sheen on some of those interviews and what he would do if he was advising him on an intervention. we've been watching for this white house daily briefing to start. it was supposed to start a half hour ago. i want to bring in richard roth at the united nations. richard, i'm talking to you because we're waiting also to hear from susan rice, u.s. ambassador to the u.n. what do we anticipate? obviously libya, but what more? >> reporter: well, u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon traveled to washington to meet president barack obama. that's always the custom.
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when the u.n. secretary-general is in your country's capital, your ambassador is there and that's why susan rice is there at this tension-filled moment regarding libya. white house spokesman jay carney, not sure who will be briefing. but at the u.n. security council saturday night there was a big resolution agreed on that put sanctions on libya and referred anyone in libya who committed crimes against humanity for possible investigation at the international criminal court. so you're likely to hear discussion and questions. will the u.s. push for a no fly zone over libya with or without u.n. involvement. >> how can that happen, richard? let me jump in. with regard to the no-fly zone, it can't just be the u.s. who pipes up and says no-fly zone. does that go through nato? >> well, it should. the u.s. is supposed to, according to the u.n., not really set something like that up without international approval.
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u.s. tried to get more wording in the resolution to make sure that like with the iraq war they felt they had the right to establish a no-fly zone or go in. there will always be a disagreement about interpretations. let's listen to white house spokesman jay carney. >> good afternoon, everyone. i want to start by giving you a brief readout of the president's meeting with u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon. as you might expect, a significant portion of that meeting was devoted to discussing the situation in libya. the u.n. has played a positive and very important role in efforts to end the bloodshed there and to hold the gadhafi regime accountable and support the libyan people. indeed, in libya the united nations is demonstrating the indispensable role it can play in advancing our interests and defending our values. we'll come back to libya in a few minutes. let me just finish with the
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readout of the president's meeting with the secretary-general. the president and the secretary-general also discussed the situation elsewhere in the middle east as well as the situation in co-devore. they express their concern about the escalation of violence there and the need to enable the legitimately elected president to assume responsibility for governor cot de voir. they discussed the revereferend that took place in southern sudan where the people overwhelmingly voted for independence and they discussed the vital work that the u.n. and the international community have still to do, along with the parties to the sudanese conflict to ensure lasting peace as the south gains its independence in july of this year. the president and secretary-general also discussed their shared agenda to build on the strenl strengths of the united nations while pursuing
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and implementing very important management reforms as well as budgetary discipline. and finally president obama reaffirmed the administration's strong belief that the united nations continues to play a vital role in addressing tough global and transnational threats and in doing so its work enhances the safety and well-being of the american people. 0 coming back to libya, as you know on saturday night in new york, the security council unanimously adopted resolution 1970, a tough and binding set of sanctions aimed at stopping the libyan regime from killing its own people. as you know from the very beginning of the crisis in libya we've been clear, that it's vitally important for the international community to speak with one voice, and it has done so with an unusual and important sense of urgency, determination, and unity of purpose. this resolution that we passed
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had several important components. first, it refers the situation in libya directly to the international criminal court. this is the first time that the security council has unanimously voted to refer a case of heinous human rights violations to the icc. secondly includes a travel ban and assets freeze on key libyan leaders. it imposes a complete arms embargo on libya and mechanisms to enforce it. and, finally, it takes new steps against the use of mercenaries by the libyan government to attack its own people and it facilitates the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance. these sanctions and mechanisms make all members of the libyan regime think about the choice they have before them. violate human rights and be held accountable. or stop the violence and respect the libyan people's call for change.
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there's no escaping that critical choice. meanwhile, all the members of the united nations security council are united in their determination that these sanctions work and work as swiftly as possible. the security council has not finished its business and will continue to monitor the situation in libya quite closely. and i'll reiterate what the president said over the weekend. now is the time for colonel gadhafi to step aside to prevent further bloodshed and to allow the libyan people to have a government that is responsive to their aspirations. i'm happy to take a few of your questions. >> i just want, if i could, i'll call on people. what i'd like to do is do all questions for ambassador rice now and get to other issues of after that. darlene, why don't you start. >> thank you. ed madam ambassador, can you update us on the status of the
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talks for instituting a no-fly zone. how far along are those talks? >> as secretary clinton said in geneva today, these talks are under way with our partners in nato and elsewhere. we have made clear that is it an option that we're considering and considering actively and seriously. >> are you prepared to offer material support to the anti-government rebels in libya? >> well, we are first of all in communication with all sorts of elements of libyan society, civil owe sight, leaders of all sorts to understand their perspectives and be able to be as supportive as we can of the libyan people's aspirations for freedom and for justice. it's unclear at this point who will emerge as the critical opposition elements. and we await to see how the opposition will coalesce. and that context i think is
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premature to begin to talk about any kind of military assistance. >> dr. rice, thanks for being here. in an interview with several reporters, moammar gadhafi said that he's not going anywhere. he's never used force. all my people loved me. he expressed surprise that the united nations would impose sanctions and implement a travel ban based purely on media reports. i was wondering if you had any response to any of the spijs thi things he said in the interview. >> it sounds just frankly delusional. and when he can laugh in talking to american and international journalists while he is slaughtering his own people, it only underscores how unfit he is to lead and how disconnected he is from reality. it makes all the more important the urgent steps that we have taken over the course of the last week on a national basis as well as the steps we've taken
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collectively through the united nations and the security council. and we're going to continue to keep the pressure on. you've seen reports about the massive quantity of resources, some $30 billion, at that the treasury department has seized since the assets freeze went into effect on friday. in light of the fact that colonel gadhafi and his son saif say they have no resources out there to be seized, that they've led a clean and uncorrupt life. >> when you talk about colonel gadhafi slaughtering 0 his own people, he appeared to be doing that a week or so, even longer. and yet the president stopped short of calling for regime change until this weekend. so why did it take so long for you to call for regime change? the president was saying it's up to the libyan people. now you're saying gadhafi has to go. he's been slaughtering his people for te'idays.
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>> first of all, it is up to the libyan people. we will continue to be very supportive of their efforts to achieve the universal rights and the freedoms and the opportunity that they are seeking. i think we have been very, very clear about what is right and what is moral in this situation and what has been unacceptable and inexcusable violence and we've taken very strong and very swift actions to confront that. on friday we froze the assets of libya's leaders, and on monday $30 billion an unprecedented quantity of resources, have been seized in just over the last several days. on saturday, the security council with u.s. and leadership of others moved at a speed that is -- i can tell you from my experience -- almost unheard of, to pass unanimously a resolution that not only imposed a travel ban and assets freeze and arms
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embargo but referred the situation in libya for the first time on a unanimous basis to the international criminal court. >>. >> susan rice speaking with ed henry there, back-and-forth on what's happening in libya. what's so significant she's mentioning that the resolution that was passed saturday and many of which of these votes were unanimous, that the situation now refer directly to the international credit court. a first case unanimously referred to the iccment i want to bring in back in richard roth. richard, i tell you what really perked my ears was when she was asked, despite all these sanctions h s how moammar gadhas surprised about the sanctions and she said, quite frankly, that sounds delusional. these leaders now, international community, not parsing their words. >> yes, colonel gadhafi is one
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of the few world leaders that i think ambassador rice minces no words about. a year and a half ago when he came in the general assembly, remember the hour and a half speech he ripped up the u.n. charter. most notable here, u.s. looking at all options, when asked about a no fly zone, the goal of keeping the skies free of any libyan helicopter, gunships, airplanes used to attack civilians. earlier in the day the white house spokesman echoed similar frents. she said it would be best for gadhafi to go and american officials reaching out to libyan society. washington i'm sure eager to find people in the opposition who they can start reaching out to and who might fill a vacuum if the gadhafis step aside or are no longer on the scene. >> richard roth, thank you as always for your perspective. and next, he admits to carrying out what has been called the biggest scam in history, but bernie madoff says
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he's a good guy. he calls the government one big scam.
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you know, wall street's biggest swindler bernie madoff says there's a scam victim you haven't heard about. madoff talking to new york magazine saying he suffered along about the other victims of the ponzi scheme. he spoke from the federal prison where he is serving 150 years
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for masterminding the scam that cost investors billions of dollars. some people lost everything. but madoff says he deserves credit for helping people make money. listen. >> all the a and b clients, all of my friends, everybody else, you know, it was the people that came in very late in the game that got hurt. so did i make a lot of money for people? yeah. i made a lot of money for people. you know, did people lose profits that they thought they made? yes. you know, but did they lose capital? i'm sure -- i'm confident that when this thing is all finished very few people, if any, will lose their principal. >> so maybe he thinks he did right by some of these people biff making them some money. i want you to listen to one more snippet. this is when he says he was talked into these pyramid schemes. >> if you think that i did this,
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i woke up one morning and said, listen, i want to be able to buy a boat and a plane, this is what i'm going to do, that's wrong. i had more than enough money to sue port any of my lifestyle and my family's lifestyle. you know, i didn't need to do this for that. i just you know allowed myself to be talked into something. that's my fault. >> i allowed myself to be talked into something and that's my fault. that was bernie madoff. my next guest's parents lost just about everything they had. ilene kent is head of an investor who tries to help victims. we played two snip oats. how do you feel when you hear his voice? are you sick to your stomach at all? >> yeah. i get this feeling in the pit of my stomach. i just can't believe he's saying these things. i guess the really sad part is that he really believes it. he has no remorse for the devastation that he's left in his wake. you've got many -- he says he really feels badzly for the
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laifrt investors. well, the earlier investors people like my parent whoz are much older, many widowed, thankfully my parents have been married for 65 years in a couple of weeks. >> how much did your parents lose? >> they lost a good chunk of their retirement. i don't feel comfortable saying how much. what really matters is what's left, and there's not much left because this man was a thief. anybody could have understood a market decline. what nobody thought was that their money manager would steal their money. >> you know, this article -- i know you read every word here, i read all 13 pages as well -- part of it he talks about individual investors, ie, your parents, who -- i'm going to read this as a quote -- at least tacitly played along with the game. their friends had to tell them. how could you be making 15% and 18% when everybody else is making less money. believe me, if you don't think they had doubts, they had doubts. did your parents have doubts? would they have shared their doubts with you? >> no, absolutely not.
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15% to 18%? i don't know where he's getting that from. the trustee and a couple of his lawsuits have claimed that the people, the insiders, were boasting about 18% to 25% returns. i don't know any individual investor who received anywhere near 18% except in the years when the s&p was at 20%. >> so your parents, neither your mom or your dad, no red flag, no questioning over the money they were making? >> oh, god no. this really goes back to his -- he's diverting the blame, trying to fwlablame the victims. the intrepid fraud investigator who tried to turn the sec four or five or six times, he in his book made it very clear there's no way the individual investor, people like my parents, like the thousand members of our organization, no way for them to know that this was a ponzi scheme. people like jpmorgan chase,
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however, different story. >> ilene, just quickly here, if you were sitting across from bernie madoff in buttner prison and you could ask him one question, i'm sure you've thought about this, what would your one question be? >> bernie, if you really want us to believe that you want to set the record straight, why are you not talking to the criminal investigators? >> he's talking to the new york magazine and the "new york times" but not the folks you want him to answer to it sounds like. ilene kent, appreciate you for coming on. anniversary to your parents. >> thank you. >> the night of the king at the oscars, but making headlines today, how the stars looked on the red carpet. come on. we break down the best, the worst dressed celebs. can you also guess by looking at some of this, what the new trend could be? that's next. we're america's natural gas.
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okay. come on. admit t.one of life's guilty pleasures. talking about the red carpet at the oscars. all like to tune in and see who is wearing what and maybe more of what we don't like. and then we spend the next day sorting through the trends, talking about the hits and misses. what's trending today, most definitely. the senior executive editor with "in style" magazine joins us. march issues on stands right now. anne hath away. she changed her outfit eight times, and we know rachel zoe.
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>> eight times. got to have people do it that quickly. >> her hair was changing, too. going up, going down. >> amazing. >> i thought she hit the mark every single time. she did an excellent job. i mean, she really embodies what is totally, you know, just a glamorous host. so hollywood, whether she was wearing red or beaded or, you know, the tuxedo. so sexy. did a wide range and looked amazing every single time. i loved the last dress that she wore. this royal blue armani dress and loved the text doe. those were the two favorites. >> lost tuxedo. so hot bow she could look hot in a brown paper bag, i think. >> exactly. >> what really stood out for you last night? who stood out? >> well, to me i thought that there was -- it was interesting to see that there were some trends on the carpet and that there was a lot of women wearing these figure-hugging, very sexy body conscious dresses and that's, you know, a trend that you see not just on the red carpet but on the runway for the rest of us to be able to
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embrace, too. you looked at amy adams dress, jennifer lawrence, penelope cruz, these women all had figure-hugging, sexy dresses. they looked amazing, and there was also some interesting trends in terms of hair and makeup. you saw a little bit less of the super glammed up up-do and people looking a little bit more natural with a natural wave to their hair, too. >> i like that. i'm a natural kind of gal, but what about i loved "true grit," haley steinfeld, 14 years of age. it was like a princess dress. >> i thought she really hit it out of the park. i mean, it's really hard to go -- i can imagine to go to an event like that when you're 14 years old and not come off that you're looking too grown up and not come off that you're looking too little girlish. still want to be glamorous and make it a special night. she work this beautiful princess dress with the little sweet headband so there was an element to her that was still girlish and sophisticated and elegant. >> quickly, nicole works missed
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the mark? if you had to pick one person. >> honestly, i think everyone did an amazing job. >> oh, come on. >> some people like to focus -- some people like to focus in on, you know, helena bonham carter because in the past she's made really outlandish and eccentric choices so people were waiting to see what she wore, but i thought she completely pulled it off. the amazing thing that's her style and she wears it well so you can't fault her for it. >> thanks so much for dissing fashion with us the day after the oscars. coming up, an alleged terror plot against the u.s. the target, commercial planes, and the suspect apparently worked for one of the airlines. also, wolf blitzer with brand new information just in from the world of politics, including news about newt gingrich and mitt romney. that's cnn political ticker rolling at you next. america's bs are working together to put more information right up front.
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cnn equals politics and of course, wolf blitzer. mr. blitzer, let's begin with a certain someone heading to iowa. >> talking about the former house speaker newt gingrich. not only heading to iowa but all the sources suggesting within a matter of days he could announce the creation of what's called an exploratory committee to consider running for the republican presidential nomination. everyone sort of thinks he will do so, and it could happen as early as this week. he's going to iowa next monday for a major conservative
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conference. he'll be there and other republicans will be there as well. so far not as if any of the front-runners have decided to create that exploratory committee yet. newt gingrich might be the first one to do so among the top-tier republican hopefuls. so we'll watching that closely. once he does, that we assume he'll have to give up his job as a fox news contributor for which he's paid a lot of money. just as other fox news contributors will have to give up their contributing roll over at fox, if in fact they announce that her running for the republican presidential nomination. potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in income for sarah palin or mike huckabee, newt gingrich, rick santorum. they are all fox news contributors, so we'll be watching that closely to see if newt gingrich is ready to give up that income from fox. that would be a significant development. on another issue the president of the united states is sort of praising mitt romney. he's not a fox news contributor, but he's praising mitt romney for going ahead, for romney's
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initiative when he was governor of massachusetts in creating health care reform in that state. i know that many of you asked for flexibility under the states, the president told governors who come to the white house. in fact, i agree with mitt romney, the president said or recently said he's proud of what he accomplished by giving the states the power to determine their own health care solution. he's right. he's right. i'm not so sure, brooke, as you know, that kind of praise on health care reform for mitt romney coming from president obama is necessarily going to help mitt romney when he seems the republican nomination, assuming he does, but certainly something to consider. one final note and i know you saw this on friday. you were here in washington, brooke. i interviewed the libyan ambassador to the united states who has now gone and condemned moammar gadhafi. he's coming back today in "the situation room." we have a lot more to discuss. he's now free to speak about his 40-year relationship with moammar gadhafi, and i think our viewers are going to be intrigued by what he has to say
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and finally, brooke, good to see you here in washington on friday. we hope you come back early and often. >> i know. i had such a great time. coming up a little later in this hour we'll replay the moment you and i had in "the situation room." for viewers on friday, we'll relive that moment. >> what was that moment like? >> we'll have to see that moment again, wolf blitzer. see you later on next hour, but now top of the hour. take a look at this. developing right now, an airline worker accused of plotting terror attacks against the u.s., and apparently the man he had been talking with has a very familiar name. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. 1,000 people said to be leaving libya every hour. this as more soldiers turn against their leader moammar gadhafi, but who breaks first? also al qaeda takes a side.
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will a princess di vieded libya become a hotbed for terror? plus, the clock is ticking for congress, if the congress shuts down wait until you hear what you will not be able to do. and charlie sheen vents to the media. he says he will only come back to his tv show on two conditions. you have to hear this bizarre interview. >> hi. welcome back to the cnn "newsroom." let's get to this developing story. take a look at this gay. a computer guy from british airways convicted today of terrorism charges, including plotting to blow up an airliner. sentencing comes mid-march, but here's the deal, and this, folks, really is the story. e-mails divulged at this trial are shedding new light on the
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man now considered to be the world's most dangerous terrorist. here he is, american-born anwar al awlaki hiding out somewhere in yemen, and it turns out he is a hands-on terrorist and obsessed with striking this country. let me read something for you. quote, our highest priority, this is one of those highly crypted e-mails, our highest priority is the u.s. anything there, even if on a smaller scale than britain would be our choice. paul cruikshank, cnn terrorism analyst. paul, is what we're now learning giving us even greater cause for worry? >> well, that's right, brooke. this trial has shed a lot of light on the activities of al qaeda and the arabian peninsula and particularly anwar al awlaki. he's the driving force behind terrific and taken a hands-on role in plotting terror attacks against the west, and especially against the united states.
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he is hell bent on attacking the united states, even in a small way. it's become an obsession for him, we're learning, in this trial that he's been in touch with this operative who has been convicted in the united kingdom, soliciting key operation and giving key operational guidance, this guy in the uk became a cabin crew attendant so he could help plot attacks against the u.s. >> he's hell bent, and it appears he is. let's take a look at this e-mail, anwar al awlaki who as you mentioned worked for bris british airways. specify your role. how much access do you have at airports and what information do you have on the limitations and cracks in the present security situation? paul, unlike this guy say like osama bin laden, he's apparently down in the trenches, hands on, e-mailing folks, directing the nuts and bolts of some of these terror operations. >> that's right. he's getting directly involved, and this is an organization in yemen which in the last 15
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months has twice attempted to attack the united states. we saw on christmas day 2009 an attempt to take down an airliner coming into detroit, and we saw in october 2010 an attempt to bring down two cargo jets going towards the united states with package bombs, dhl and ups-type packages, brook. >> and apparently these e-mails february and january of 2010, weeks after the failed terror plot into detroit so this is all constant, week after week after week. paul, if you're coming at this from the perspective of an intelligence agency, security here, what's the biggest takeaway? >> well, the biggest takeaway is that this organization, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, is hell bent on attacking the united states. that's their number one target, much more than a country say like france or britain that they want to launch an attack of the united states, however small, and they are trying again and again and again, and, unfortunately, they do have a safe haven in yemen right now. there are western recruits
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traveling there for training. they have a range of other recruits receiving training there, and they are coming out with new types of attacks, like sending packages on cargo jets towards the united states, starting to take advantage of vulnerabilities. we've also seen from this trial that they are using new communication tools, that they are heavily encrypting messages, much more deeply layered than we've seen, much more sophisticated encryption is seems. western intelligence agencies weren't able to intercept these, only decoded them afterwards after an arrest in the united kingdom to figure out what the messages were, brooke, and that is quite concerning. >> some of the highly encrypted messages, some of the e-mails that we read, as you mentioned, highly sophisticated, very eye-opening for all of us. paul cruikshank, my thanks to you. if it's happening right now, you're about to see it, rapid fire. first to the korean peninsula. north korea is threatening to turn the south into a sea of
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flames. that statement in retaliation for joint military exercises between the u.s. and south korea that began today. these drills happen every year, and every year north korea denounced them. also, forecasters are confirming not just one but two tornadoes touching down in kentucky. one ripped through henry county packing 140-mile-per-hour winds. it leveled two homes, including one. ones there and injured several people. also, fires are tearing across parts of the texas panhandle. more than 120,000 acres have burned there. these pictures, those flames, this is matador which is just north of lubbock. one family there told us they lost everything, everything they own as their home burned to the ground in just 20 minutes time. state forestry officials say a 5-year-old girl died in a multi-car accident. it happened because the driver couldn't see through the smoke. rhode island's flames of a different kind. they are ripping apart an
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abandoned mill. you can see massive plumes of thick gray smoke. area is being evacuated because chemicals were still inside. and a woman in miami is recovering today after a run-in in purse-snatchers that could have turned deadly. they nearly, watch this with me, look at this, nearly running her over. here's the story. thieves steal the lady's purse from her car and she confronts them, obviously brazen. jumps in front of their car as she takes off. fortunately she is able to call for help after falling to the ground, and now to somewhere a little bit far away. well, maybe not necessarily that picture, but farther up in space. a couple of shuttle astronauts, here we go, live pictures. international space station, astronauts just taking a walk outside the iss. they are getting a couple of things done. the biggie is installing a power extension cable and moving a failed ammonia pump. this is "discovery's" 39th and final mission.
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and as power appears to be shrinking, but moammar gadhafi is not going down. a libyan jet bombs one of libya's bases. witnesses say gadhafi's forces are shooting at protesters and gadhafi soldiers even tried to attack a radio station, so when will gadhafi take a break? also, a high-profile designer is accused of racist rants. have you heard this audio? john galiano's comments including why he apparently said he loves hitler. that's next.
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we're going to take you "dmoeb trekking" now including a look as always with news overseas. hala gorani with a look at cnn international to talk me through, of course, libya. >> right. >> and we just heard in the last hour or so from susan rice speaking at the white house press briefing addressing a question about these sanctions and saying that gadhafi more or less is delusional. >> right, and also moammar gadhafi gave an interview to a u.s. network saying that his people love him, that they support him and that they would fight and die for him and in response to that a reporter asked susan rice to the u.n. to react to what he told that u.s. network, and she said if he can laugh while slaughtering his own people, it shows, quote, how disconnected he is, and that he's essentially delusional. all coming on a day when the united nations several days ago passed a resolution imposing sanctions, a set of sanctions on libya aimed, according to the
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u.n. and susan rice, reiterated that point today, at stopping the regime's violence against his own people, the u.n. security council 1970. >> and part of the sanctions, the assets frozen, what $30 billion? >> $30 billion, the largest amount ever. >> ever. >> ever in the asset-freezing of a regime, against a government currently in power. it's really all going to be a question of what happens next, and it's also a question of what these countries that must behind the scenes be discussing what comes after gadhafi. do thee want some of these defecto the high-profile defectors, the ministers, ambassadors to potentially organize themselves together in a transitional government, or do they want the opposition to in some way or another form a coalition and put together a coalition government? i mean, it's just so many options are possible and so many pitfalls ahead are likely as well. >> a lot of moving parts. >> on the way to democracy. >> moammar gadhafi says he'll live and die in libya.
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that's libya for two and we were talking about this hours ago in makeup with john galiano. what is he saying? >> just -- just sounds like the man has just come undone. when you look at this video. a few days ago he was accused by a couple in paris of hurling anti-semitic and anti-israel rants and now a new video surfaces. i looked into this story of john galiano's rapid descent into a very difficult situation. take a listen and take a look. >> he's one of high-fashions golden boys. british designer john galiano. he's been called a genius. he's been called an inspiration, but now some are calling him a vile racist. the head of french label christian dior.
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galiano was arrested last week for allegedly hurling racist and anti-semitic comments at a couple dining in paris. christian dior suspended him friday, pending an investigation, and if it seemed things couldn't get worse for galiano, monday they did. a video was obtained of what was another incident at same cafe in october. >> i love hitler. people like you would be dead today. your mothers, your forefathers would be [ bleep ] gassed and [ bleep ] dead. >> oh, my god. >> do you have a problem? >> yeah, with you. you're ugly. >> in the tiny world of high fashion, allegations of galiano's slurring racist insults spread like wildfire, and at sunday's oscar ceremony, best actress winner natalie portman, the celebrity face of miss dior perfume was asked
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about the controversially. >> as the face of dior, why do you wear dior and what are your thoughts on john galyano owes suspension against him making anti-semitic remarks? >> but her people wouldn't let them touch the haute couture hot potato. >> john galiano's lawyers will fight charges of defamation but for the dior brand the scandal is damaging and the label's parent company acted quickly. >> i don't think lvmh could have afforded to wait until six months down the road to see the facts that came out, especially with the bloggers and tweeters and internet and all of that as it's already gone crazy with the various accusations. >> if convicted of the charges in the latest incident, galiano faces fines and even jail time, but perhaps for one of the most famous and successful designers in fashion history, it is not the loss of his freedom but of
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his reputation that will be hardest to recover from. and cnn has reached out to galiano's lawyers and left several lawyers and a countersuit was filed by the couple at the center of the comments. >> natalie portman was like what do i say? >> and then she was saved. >> by the handlers. >> thank you very much. >> hala gorani, thank you very much. now to one more story that everybody is talking about. what is going on with charlie sheen? in these explosive new interviews he is going off on everybody, alcoholics anonymous and his bosses and says he'll come back to his show with a couple of conditions. i'll speak with ken seal who used to star on a & e's "intervention." i'll get his take on this. don't miss that conversation. ai.
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just days after cbs shut down production on the highly popular current season of "two and a half men," charlie sheen made his very first tv appearance in exclusive interviews with abc and nbc, and the actor talked about a possible lawsuit with cbs. his in-home rehab which he has a name for and talks about his family. sheen was very, very open to questions in both of these interviews, if you caught them, appearing sincere and very candid though some of his
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analogies were at best confusing. sheen did manage to pass a court-certified blood lab test for several drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines and when nbc correspondent jeff rossen asked charlie sheen if he would be embarrassed when had his children one day read about all of this, here's what charlie sheen told him. >> god god no, talk about an education and then like this, that's the guy and he's our dad and we can get all the answers and the truth, wow, winning. >> that was nbc. he also sat down with the correspondent with abc, and the actor said the only drug he's on is himself. that was a quote from him, and when requested about his current relationship with people that supply him drugs, a little dodgy. >> i am on a drug. it's called charlie sheen. it's not available, because if you try it once, you will die. your face will melt off and your children will weep over your
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exploded body. too much? >> what about the people who supply you with drugs. are they out of your life? i -- i -- i -- again, i cannot speak about things that are sort of, you know -- i just -- that's really nobody's business. i think you know the answer to that, you know. >> also, just a short time ago. charlie sheen spoke with tmz online, his longtime publicist stan rosenfeld resigned saying this. i have worked with charlie sheen for a long time and care about him very much. however, at this time i am unable to work effectively as his publicist and have respectfully resigned. so all of that said, let's talk to ken sealy in l.a., former interventionist. i'm sure you've seen him on the a & e show "intervention" and founder of intervention911.com. you saw the interviews. what were your impression . >> it's heartbreaking. what i first saw is what we saw
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years ago with anna nicole smith. you know, these are the late stages of the disease, and if something doesn't happen quickly, i'm afraid we're going to lose him to this disease. >> that's -- that's sad, and it's sad to think about the end for anna nicole smith. let me ask you about the fact that charlie sheen was talking about, you know, his in-home rehab which he referred to as sober valley lodge and does he fear of rehab? >> trolls, i will not, what would you make of his, is that defiance? >> yeah. i see it every day. it's those people who think that they are above it, that it's not going to affect them, and these are the people that overdose and die from the disease. they are the ones that we see dying every single day, and it's heartbreaking. i mean, he has to hit a rock bottom. he has to -- we have to create a scenario that is going to say he's going to say i would rather be in recovery and stop all of this rather than living in this.
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we've got to create this >> you say he has to hit rock bottom which then tells me this is not rock bottom for him. what is rock bottom then? >> yeah. every single person is different, and i think his rock bottom is going to, you know, it's going to be really difficult to create because of his status. financially he doesn't need to work another day of his life. it isn't about finances. it isn't about anything. he doesn't have to go back to work so what it's really going to be for him is that his family, his friends, the people that love him the most need to come together, be unifeed and create it. turn a rock bottom into a reality because he's admitted he's doing illegal drugs. would i rather see him in jail than on the streets alive in his disease the way he is today. >> ken, we can't prevent to know what charlie sheen is feeling moment to moment or even what his father is doing to try to help him, but if you were tapped to lead an intervention with sheen, were you sitting in that room. what would you say? >> like i said, would i get all
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the family members and friends, gather them together. the work is already on the same page and come as a unified front in a loving and respectful manner and say it's got to end here. it's got to be a consequence that means something to him, because without that consequence, he's not going to stop. he's enjoying it too much. he even says, you know, i'm not ready to stop. i'm still doing -- i'm in the scene and i enjoy partying. he's not going to stop until there's a consequence that is strong enough that he says i can't do this anymore, and that needs to be created, because i don't think it's going to happen naturally. i think the natural rock bottom for him is, unfortunately, going to be death if somebody doesn't step up. >> let's hope not. let's hope not. we wish him the best, don't we, ken seeley. thank you, ken. appreciate it. the president welcomes governors from across the country and makes some news. what he had to say about health care. that's next. ♪
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america's governors turned up at the white house today and take a look at this here. this scene. this is haley bar abuse, one of several republican governors who might, maybe, perhaps want the president's job thinking about running in 2012. well, the president made a little news at this thing today. want to give it to you short and sweet. i'm talking about health care reform. take a listen. >> you have a better way of
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doing it? help yourself. go ahead. take that route. >> that is the president announcing he now backs legislation to let the states adopt revisions to health care reforms beginning in 2014. that is three years sooner than allowed. right now jessica yellin in washington, jess, how did that go over? >> reporter: states can find their own way to get everyone covered by health insurance and don't have to follow the national blueprint, the kind of flexibility that most governors and especially the republicans in the room have been demanding so they like the idea in theory but, of course, most republican governors don't want the health care bill at all so this on its own will not be enough to quiet the critics, brooke. >> you mentioned the republican governors in the room, a lot of red in the room and before the november elections democrats held, you know, most of the governorships. clearly not the case now, and a lot of the opposition to the president's agenda is coming from the states, is it not, jet can a yellin?
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>> reporter: oh, yeah. a lot. these republican governors are driving the agenda, look at wisconsin, ohio, indiana. the discussion there isn't so much about jobs and investment but about cutting, so at the governors' meeting the president dove into it and criticized some of the union-fighting governors, not by name but the implication was clear. listen to this. >> i don't think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon. we need to attract the best and the brightest to public service. these times demand it. >> so, you know, some republicans have criticized the president for intervening in the states' issues, but during the campaign the president then candidate actually promised to take to the streets to defend unions, so this is the very least what his supporters would expect from him. >> we mentioned and we showed a picture of haley barbour, governor of mississippi as having designed on the
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president's job. who else might in that room today, jess? >> reporter: well, there's mitch daniels of indiana. he's considering a bid maybe. there's also rick perry of texas and chris christie of new jersey, both of whom said they are not considering one but a lot of attention focused on him. another interesting moment. the president gave no doubt unwelcome praise to former governor and likely presidential candidate not in the room. he gave a shutout to mitt romney, formerly the governor of massachusetts saying he did a great job with his health care reform and, you know, he reformed health care in massachusetts that's not all that popular among republicans, unwelcome praise. >> jess, great to see you. happy belated birthday, by the way. >> thank you. the u.s. government could soon should down. that's affecting you and me. we're talking a deadline as in this friday, here. also a deadline of a different kind for state workers in wisconsin, and have you hopped on a plane and flown any time recently? you may have been exposed to
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measles. lining up now. "reporter roulette" is next.
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a deadline looms in wisconsin. the federal government is days away from shutting down, and a measles scare in the air. time to play "reporter roulette." i want to begin in madison, wisconsin, with ted rowlands. let's talk about tomorrow. why is tomorrow so, so significant over the budget battle in wisconsin? >> reporter: well, the governor will tell you that it's a deadline of sorts. he says after tomorrow he's going to start laying off workers, and he says they are going to lose the citizens of
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wisconsin a chance to restructure some debt. democrats say, ah, that's hogwash, that if the governor was really concerned about losing jobs, that he would come to the table with them and make a deal. they say that there are two people here, two people playing. right now what you're looking at here is the fact that the capital has been locked and that people cannot get in right now, and you can see this line of police officers keeping the door and keeping people from getting in. a lot of frustration here, obviously, and the reason is, they say for safety. these folks out here don't buy it at all. they want to get in and at this point they haven't been able to. >> gotten some tweets on that, ted. what's the situation? some people can't go in, but some of the protesters can come out. >> reporter: that's what they are saying. there's a handful of protesters inside that spent the night in the capital police at this point, they are saying until they come out, other people can't come in. as you can see, a lot of anxiety. >> tet row lands live in
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madison. thanks, ted. next on "reporter roulette." the clock is ticking on capitol hill. congress has a deadline, midnight friday, to agree on a bill or the government shuts down. dana bash live on the hill. dana, what's the latest on that deadline? >> reporter: well, the late set that house republicans intend to have a vote tomorrow that will keep the government running by having a spending bill for two weeks. that is expected again to be tomorrow, but the bill, brooke, would cut $4 billion in federal funding. senate democrats don't want to cut anything to keep the government running and what house republicans are doing is making them an offer that's hard to refuse because the cuts that are in their proposal are the very cuts that president obama but in his budget for next year so that's why we think at least temporarily this -- this government will not shut down when the deadline comes on friday. they will kick it down the road for two weeks. that time the democratic and republican sources have said that they want to use that to try to negotiate the really big
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issue which is the big gulf between the two sides. >> you mentioned the big word there, temporarily. >> reporter: yes. >> this is a short-term compromise. if they work this thing out the prospect of a shotdown is not necessarily over long term, is it? >> no, not at all, as i mentioned, brooke, were you talking about house republicans passing a $61 billion -- a spending bill worth $61 billion in cuts, and senate democrats don't want to go anywhere near that. the house majority leader eric cantor just health a briefing with reporters and sounded pretty dug in on the idea they don't want to go much further at all. senate democrats willing to have some cuts, but the differences are pretty again. again, even if they do two weeks, it will be hard to see how they negotiate such a you have to compromise during that time but the white house is expected to get involves in these cuts. >> finally here on "reporter
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roulette," big-time peacele scare at american airports. yikes. should i be worried? >> you should be thoughtful. >> okay. >> mindful if you're in four particular airports between february 20th and february 22 nth because that's when this woman, we don't know much about her, a 27-year-old woman, resident of new mexico, measles and traveled through these four airports. talking denver, albuquerque, dulles and bwi. she was in those airports between february 20th and 22nd. the chances that you would run into her and get measles aren't that high. for example, if i have measles and sneezed and i didn't cover my mouth, i can get sick. >> that easily. >> get sick at that kind of distance, did this and then touch the table and you touch the table, something like that, that can happen. >> so if i'm sitting there thinking i've been to some of these airports and got my advantagesation as a killed.
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am i okay? >> you are probably okay. are you probably objection and certainly if you were vaccinated before 1957 then there's even more of a chance that you're okay. but afterwards sometimes the vaccine didn't last as long as they would have liked and you should talk to your doctor. again, this isn't for everybody to be anxious about, but if you were in those airports at that time it's worth being mindful, do you have a fever, not feeling well. >> does she know if she had measles when she hopped on an airport? >> one would hope that she didn't because that would not be very good citizenry. >> thank you. that's "reporter roulette." a guy sounding like the president rapping and today is the day we're getting the story on. don't miss this. we'll be right back with political pop. ♪
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>> take a look at the radar behind me. that's georgia. a tornado warning has been issued in several counties in northwest atlanta. authorities are warning people to get inside. several states are currently under the tornado watches including tennessee where one person has been killed in a severe storm. as soon as we get more updates i'll pass them along to you. thank you, roger straws.
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pictures outside looking pretty okay newtnous over downtown atlanta. chad myers working the computer. yeah. we'll have to wait and see. already seen two confirmed tornadoes in kentucky. here's hoping it does not come and hit us as well. political pop here. last night, i don't know if you watched the academy awards. wasn't just hollywood. the stars in washington got in on the act as well and joe sons is here with the political pop. we know, joe, that the president made a few jokes about the academy awards. >> that's right. >> what did he say. >> let's just say "the king's speech" was winning and the president was giving a speech of his own, and he wasn't having as hard a time getting it out. the biggest star in washington, us a know, is still the commander in chief, and he did manage to get a couple of shoutouts to the oscars. didn't upstage anyone. first, there was the black tie dinner last night for the national governors association. went off without a hitch in the state dining room. a couple of yucks.
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the president couldn't let the moment pass without talking about the fact that they were in that room while the oscars were going on. let's listen. >> i know some of you may be confused and think that this is the oscars. there are some similarities. first of all, everybody looks spectacular, and the second thing is if i speak too long, the music will start playing. >> giving him the good rap. don't even think about it. >> he actually made an appearance, sort of, in the oscars. i missed it. i must have been getting my chinese takeout but what happened? >> if you blinked you would have missed it, you know. >> yeah. >> a little bit of a surprise. he popped up in this short sort of pre-recorded sound bite thing during this tribute to all-time favorite movies and he picked a classic. listen. had it comes to just one song, you've got to go with "as time goes by."
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>> "as time goes by." >> casablanca. no segue to get us from "as time goes by" to this rap so i'll hand it to you. finally we're getting the song, joe. >> okay. it's all about music. >> right. >> the president has been called the world's biggest celebrity. there are a lot of people out there who have tried to cash in on it. one of them is this pretty famous impersonator who made a video that probably will not make the president's list of favorite songs, a rippoff of the late rapper christopher wallace, better known to us as notorious b.i.g. featuring reggie brown who has made a name for himself impersonating the president so without further adieu. let's listen. sno♪ considered uncool for some those back in high school ♪ ♪ real types of a black male misunderstood ♪ ♪ and it's still all good ♪ and if you don't know,
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brother ♪ >> yeah, and if you don't know, now you know. that's a good theme for "political pop," right? >> we should start that. should be a new thing for you, joe johns. really hiked. that will you do me a favor and tweet me that link so i can tweet it out. i have a feeling people will want to hear the rest of that song. and now here is something new. there is a big initiative to make court a more pleasant experience for suspected criminals. wait until you hear what judges could soon be doing. also another video you have to see. a dad applying for a job gets a rejection letter, but it's his baby that gets the last laugh. that's next. you've got to see this.
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>> time to see this. already got a little preview. this little baby got the giggles at his dad's expense. that paper, you see there in his hands. they are ripping it up. it's a job rejection letter. let's listen. at least a silver lining. they have good humor.
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good sense about it, not to mention that the baby is adorable. also, in case you missed this friday. i was fortunate enough, thank you did. c. bureau, the baby is still laughing at me. i took a little trip to washington and i couldn't resist doing this. watch. so as i mentioned a couple of times in this show it's a real special treat to be coming to you live from washington and you know who i normally talk to right about this point show, a certain someone who does this show, you heard of it? "the situation room," so since my studio was all of ten feet away, follow me. welcome. wave, guys. over there. the production guys. come on in. this is wolf blitzer's neighborhood. >> "the situation room." let's give it up for brooke. let's welcome brooke. she's here in "the situation room." speaking of wolf blitzer, there he is the man himself. wolf, hi such a good time and i want to share one other. it's a picture. your assistant was giving me the
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evil eye when i did this, i did manage to make myself pretty comfortable at your desk, is that okay? >> you look good there. definitely, you're welcome to come in. you can always come to room room and the room room desk. >> it was so wonderful to be up there, wolf, so thanks for hanging out and friday night. >> you looked like you felt right at home here in washington. you lived in washington for a while, right? >> i lived in d.c. for a couple of years. we will be back. >> good. >> on a serious note, shall we talk libya? what do you have coming up in "the sit room?" >> you saw the interview i did with the ambassador of libya who has come out against gadhafi big time. we had a whole bunch of questions from our viewers and we're inviting him back and joining us live. the libyan ambassador in washington. i don't know if he's still the ambassador. broken with gadhafi and his government. he worked for gadhafi for 40 years, and we'll get the inside story on moammar gadhafi from the libyan ambassador.
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i think our viewers will be interested in that. a lot of libya stuff coming up. going there, all our reporters standing by. a strong two hours. >> of course it will. wolf, wonderful to see you. we'll see you in eight minutes on "the situation room." before i let you go. we've heard the personal side of sharyly sheen's behavior, but what about the hundreds of people who depend on him to show up to work. the actor says he'll only return under two conditions. does he even have a case here? sunny hostin is on the case. that is next. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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charlie sheen. he says he's tired of pretending he's not special so he wants about a 50% raise to $3 million an episode. he makes something like 1.8 are to return to the tv show "two and a half men." sheen also says he'll sue cbs for stopping production of the hit tv show, so let's talk about this a little farther. we're on the case with sunny hostin. sunny, does charlie sheen even have grounds to sue cbs? >> you know, it's very, very possible. all depends on what his contract says. his attorney marty singer sent a demand letter to warner brothers and cbs demanding full payment for cancelled episodes for $16 million. they said charlie was prepared and ready to go back to work. they cancelled his episodes and he wants his money. it sounds insane, but it's quite possible he could have some
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resource here. >> what about, let's plip it around. wouldn't it be more likely that cbs, the producers of "two and a half men" would sue sheen. >> it depends on his contract, but i see a sue fest going on here. we know that cbs and warner brothers last week issued a statement saying based on the totality of charlie sheen's conduct, statements and condition they would be suspending condition for the remainder of the year and those words sound like words in a legal contract so my bet is that they are thinking about perhaps suing child so i think we're going to see some sort of cross-litigation here. >> watching the interviews on abc and nbc, might there be legal repercussions for what he said? he recently confessed to possessing drugs. could police listen and act on that? >> you know, i don't think so much. a lot of people in the psychological community were saying, you know, he should go to jail. we'd rather see him there than
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in rehab or dead. i don't think this is a criminal case right now. we use defendant statements made all the time, but i think this is very much a civil case and pretty much getting charlie sheen the treatment he obviously need. >> order in the court but how about civility in the court. been reading a story about turning criminal court into a nicer place. what's the program about, sunny, and what's the impetus? what's the thought behind it? >> well, you know, it's an initiative that basically is moving the courts into a more holestic approach. it's an initiative funded by the justice department to the tune of about $400,000. it's supposed to sort of boost defendant's view of the court system. they say 86% of the defendants that are part of the holistic court system feel that they have gotten a fair shake and treated fairly. court is not really supposed to be a real sweet and lovely
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place. i believe in scaring people straight, so do i think this is appropriate? i -- i don't know. >> i can only see you. >> i want to scare them, brooke. i don't buy this argument. >> you're a tough lady, but who would pay for the experiment and how much would it even cost? >> well, right now they are saying it's a $400,000 grant. the justice department is sort of spareheearheading this. ultimately the taxpayers are paying for this. we don't want defendants to be repeat customers of the criminal justice system and please and thank you doesn't necessarily work with hardened criminals. certainly didn't work for me when i was a prosecutor. i don't know. i can think of a lot better ways to spend $400,000, brooke. >> i won't even ask you if you think it's a good idea. i think we can read between the lines. thanks as always for on the case. the two confirmed tornadoes, one